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Guilia Basana

Guilia is a 2nd year BA Journalism student from Italy. She enjoys the endless networking opportunities at City and its central London location.

What were you doing before you came to study at City? 

Moving from Italy to the UK to study journalism at City, University of London has been a significant change in my life. I came from a scientific background: the main subjects I studied in high school were Mathematics, Physics and Science, but I have been working in journalism since I was 16, writing for a local newspaper in Italy.

Why did you decide to apply to study at City, University of London?

I always wanted to move to London and the fact there is not a degree in journalism in Italy motivated me to apply to University here. Choosing City has been easy and straight-forward. City offers the best journalism course in London and after attending an Open Day, I fell in love with the journalism facilities and the cosy environment. Everyone is so welcoming and supportive that I did not have any doubt that City was the best university I could apply to.

What is your favourite thing about studying at City?

The networking opportunities that City offers. Being located in central London, City connects me with the very heart of journalism in the UK. The Student Hub and Careers Service organise a wide range of networking events with both City alumni and external employers, which gives me the chance to hear from the experience of previous students and connect with the right people in the sector.

What kind of things are you involved in outside of your course? 

I have three different jobs within the University: I am Senior Marketing Student Ambassador, Widening Participation Ambassador and a Mathematics tutor at the City of London Academy. I am doing Spanish and Mandarin courses for non-academic purposes, and I spend a lot of time at CitySport, our gym facility. I don’t have many contact hours, so every time I am free from lectures, I look for work experiences in my sector. So far, I have worked for The Times, Press Association and Thomson Reuters Foundation.

What do you plan to do after you graduate? 

I am really motivated to step into broadcasting. Working as a reporter for the BBC would be my dream job, so after graduation I will apply for jobs in this field. At the same time, I will try to freelance for some publications to continue writing.

What would be your top tip for our applicants? 

Do not be scared to ask for help whenever you need it: from your classmates, your tutors, academic advisers, members of societies. You are here to make the most out of your journey and start the career of your dreams. Determination and confidence are the qualities you will need. But do not forget to surround yourself with people that are able to motivate you and support you throughout your journey.